India v England, Fourth Test, day five as it happened

Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott both score centuries as England draw the final Test to win a series in India for the first time since 1985.

17 December 2012 Last updated at 12:38 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 1040: 

    Well, that's about it after a hard-fought and enthralling series. Thanks for your company, emails, texts and tweets on these early mornings - the two T20 games on Thursday and Saturday start at 1430 GMT, and the one-dayers in January are mostly day-nighters starting at 0900 GMT. So you've time to catch up on some sleep... until the New Zealand all-nighters, at least.

    You can read more reaction and features on the BBC Sport website throughout the day, if you're a T20 fan then as well as India-England there are a few Big Bash League games on BBC 5 live sports extra over the next few weeks. But for Test purists, that's it for 2012 - a merry Christmas to all of you at home.


    Some last thoughts from you on Twitter:

    Kathryn Gilbert on Twitter: "A fitting end to the best year in the history of British sport."

    Barrie Wood on Twitter: "Brilliant comeback from one down by England to win the Test series in India. Cook immense and great to see the likeable Panesar on form!"

    Akhil Sharma on Twitter: "Long hard look at yourself time for BCCI..."

  3. 1035: 

    Geoffrey was rather coming off the long run, there... as I mentioned, you can hear it all again on the TMS podcast page along with all sorts of other goodies from the last few days - Giles Clarke, Rahul Dravid, Harsha Bhogle, Kevin Howells on county cricket, and the "Old Aggers' Almanac" predictions for 2013. While we've not been able to feature live photographs from this Test series because of the dispute I mentioned, you can look at TMS's behind-the-scenes pictures on their Flickr account.


    The Daily Telegraph's Nick Hoult on Twitter: "Dhoni [was] asked if we will see Sachin again in Test cricket. [He said] 'I hope so.' Have you asked him [if] he will carry on? {He said] 'no'."


    From Jimmy Hendry, via text on 81111: "This has made my sporting year. So proud of the lads in India - what a batting performance!"

    From Matthew Stocks, via text on 81111: "Congratulations England. Great performance. To be honest I hope we will never see a wicket like that last one in Test cricket again..."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have shown great character, tenacity and determination. They played wonderfully well and deserved to win."

  7. 1029: 

    So, a mammoth year of Test cricket ends for England - having played three of the four Asian teams away from home in 2012, according to the ICC's Future Tours Programme they don't head back to the subcontinent until November 2014 (five ODIs and two T20s in Sri Lanka, the "missing" one-dayers from the Test-only tour earlier this year). They're then scheduled to go to Pakistan (or possbly the UAE again) for three Tests, five ODIs and a T20 in October-November 2015, Bangladesh for two Tests and three ODIs in October 2016, and they don't head back to India for four year, when they're due four Tests in November-December 2016, home for Christmas, then seven ODIs and a T20 in January-February 2017.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "India got sucked into believing that they were going to take this, beat a poor England team and win it 4-0. They never looked at themselves and they got complacent. Sachin Tendulkar is out of form and at the end of his career, Virat Kohli played some terrible shots in the series and Virender Sehwag was not at his best. They believed they were better than they were, but by the end of this series they and the Indian public have been forced to realise. Whether they do owt about it is up to them, it's not our problem."

  9. 1025: 

    If we've not mentioned it enough already, this is England's first Test series win in India since 1984-85. Aggers was on that tour (he came out as an injury replacement for Paul Allott), though he didn't bowl a ball in the Tests - he recalls mixing some orange squash.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought it was a poor pitch. Any time 60 to 70 runs a session, and Pietersen saying it was the hardest pitch he's ever had to score on, means it was slow and low and bad for the public. It was very difficult, and when bowlers beat the batsmen the batters had time to adjust. Batsmen would like more pace and bounce so they could play their shots. That was poor for a spectacle."


    MonteGibber on Twitter: "Cheers to Goochie as well, if Captain Cook grew a Bandito's moustache it would be like the lugubrious one was still playing."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought England did a very professional job yesterday and today. Trott's batting was sublime - a peach of an innings. He caressed the ball, just timed it beautifully. He got the most out of this pitch, which was a little slow. But it was never easy. He was in his comfort zone and tucked shots away. He scored 65% of his runs on the leg side and it was a really classy performance."

  13. 1022: 

    Some news from the International Cricket Council - England's 2-1 series win means they gain a ranking point and consolidates their second place in the ICC world Test rankings, and prevents Australia from overtaking them, even if they win all three Tests against Sri Lanka. India lose a ranking point but remain fifth. But it can all change in the spring with India in Australia, England in New Zealand and South Africa hosting New Zealand and Pakistan.

    The table is now: South Africa 123, England 118, Australia 114, Pakistan 109, India 105, Sri Lanka 96, West Indies 91, New Zealand 79, Bangladesh 0 (Zimbabwe unranked from having played too few Tests).

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Bell has as much talent as any batsman in the world. His only faults are between his ears. He needs the odd kick up the backside and perhaps he'll be challenged by some of the youngsters coming through. But he played beautifully, like he can."

  15. 1018: 

    Aggers and Geoff Boycott are in place for their final Test review of 2012 - this will be available later on the TMS podcast page, which already features Aggers' chat with ECB chairman Giles Clarke from lunchtime today. Worth a listen.


    From Jamie McCloud, via text on 81111: "First series win in 28 years in India. Outstanding performance from the mighty mighty England."

    From Slim in Manchester, via text on 81111: "Work with a load of Indian guys up in Manchester. After we annihilated them in Blighty all I got was 'wait until we get you back over to India'. Funnily enough hockey is all they seem to want to talk about at the moment... I'm going to dine out on this for weeks! Well done boys!"

    From Jim Foster, via text on 81111: "Overall a nice visit by Dr Ubbing in the end!"

  17. 1016: 

    Captain Cook is handed no fewer than three trophies - a little one, one that looks like an old football cup, and a modern one that looks a bit like the ICC Champions Trophy with some stumps in front of it.


    England captain and man of the series Alastair Cook: "It's a very special day for us, a special tour with great memories but it was a fantastic effort by Trotty and Belly today, how calmly they batted was fantastic. We thought the pitch would get worse but it got better. Everyone in the squad can be very proud of what we've achieved after a heavy defeat in Ahmedabad, I couldn't ask for any more effort from the lads. We've played on four very different wickets, we didn't handle the Ahmedabad wicket well but our bowlers have been brilliant and our batters have all contributed. I can't praise our squad and backroom staff enough and we've had a lot of support, not just from our fans in the Barmy Army but from the Indian public."


    Man of the match James Anderson: "When we came over here people thought the spinners would get all the wickets but the seamers could do a job here, and we are happy we have. I bowled better than I have before in India and reverse swing was key to us doing well. We executed our plans really well in the game. The beauty of bowling short spells mean you only have to bowl three or four overs. You can give everything and it really helps you, and with the spinners you get long rests too. It has been an amazing tour - we have really enjoyed embracing the culture. And a big thanks to our fans who have travelled over here."

  20. 1010: 

    England pace bowler James Anderson is named as man of the match for his 4-81.


    Steve on Twitter: "Congratulations to the England cricket team. A good way to finish off a great year of sport."

    Jamie Pike on Twitter: "Brilliant series win in India after being 1-0 down, led brilliantly by Captain Marvel, Alistair Cook."

    Toby Weiniger on Twitter: "We learned, we built on momentum but there was one man who led and showed everybody that it was possible - Cook."


    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "I think we struggled in the batting department, our spinners were on the mark but I think James Anderson was the difference between the bowling sides, so the credit goes to him. The batsmen have to take the responsibility of not putting runs on the board. Cook batted really well in Mumbai and was supported well by Kevin Pietersen, it's two sessions like that which can take the game away from you. There wasn't much for the fast bowlers or the spinners here, the wicket got better on the fifth day and the [England] batsmen were able to bat well. We tried a few combinations with the bowlers, we used to have part-timers who could bowl 15-20 overs but we don't really have that any more, which is why we wanted to get Jadeja into the side. But we have plenty of positives to take, like Pujara and Kohli's batting."


    From Paul Denny, via text on 81111: "What a phenomenal performance for England to win the series in India. Captain Cook and the boys were magnificent."

    From Ian Burns, via text on 81111: "First time in my life we've won a series in the subcontinent. Top batting boys."

    From Nick Mavroidakis, via text on 81111: "Brilliant stuff from England, great performances all round. Bring on the Aussies next summer. Should be a great Ashes series."

  24. 1005: 

    Captain Cook leads his team back onto the field, to a great reception from the England supporters. Presentation coming up.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "The biggest hurdle for a new captain is to make sure he does his own bit well, and Cook has done that quite magnificently. I think he may have just run out of puff here, as in the last four innings he's been run out trying to avoid the ball, stumped in the second innings and got two dodgy decisions here, so I don't think he's in crisis."


    Asif Malik on Twitter: "Shame on Team India losing in home ground against talented England."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Before this series, we were just talking about Kevin Pietersen which we thought would be the issue of the tour - but after Mumbai, it all seems to have been resolved. A couple of wins help, though."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "If you remember further back to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sri Lanka, England have been fantastic here."


    Simon Sword on Twitter: "After being written off after the first Test that's a superb performance from England! Well done lads."

    Charlie Taylor on Twitter: "Well done England! Tremendous result. Doubts from first Test well and truly buried."

    Rochak Kanwar on Twitter: "The Indian media is going to tear the team apart. They will discuss this series loss for about two weeks, non-stop."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "It is a terrific team effort and England have every reason to be proud of themselves. It has been a brilliant campaign. England finally found their best attack for these conditions - Anderson, Finn, Panesar and Swann - but were only able to play them in one game, in Kolkata."


    Hannah Tomlinson on Twitter: "Well done England! So much for India's revenge series - after Ahmedabad we completely outplayed them. Fantastic comeback."

  32. 0958: 

    Vic and Aggers think Cook will be England's man of the series despite a quite game here. For India, they feel Pujara and Ojha both started well but faded a little. We await the presentation - stick with us for all the post-match reaction.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ultimately, this pitch was perfect for the likes of Cook, Trott and Bell but a nightmare for Dhoni as getting 20 wickets was almost an impossible task. Having pitches like this regularly would kill Test cricket."


    Sure Nuff on Twitter: "Well done England's cricketers for adding a final victory to this country's brilliant sporting year."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "There is a mild irony that Duncan Fletcher didn't trust Graeme Swann when he was England coach and was never sure how valuable Monty Panesar really was, but this two have been invaluable for England. Even when Panesar was wicketless in patches, he gave his captain control. They've both had terrific tours, as has Jimmy Anderson, and we saw glimpses of Steven Finn in Kolkata. On the batting side, Cook was immense and Pietersen played one brilliant innings in Mumbai."

  36. 0954: 

    And it even looks as though Captain Cook has (metaphorically) kissed and made up with umpire Kumar Dharmasena, as the two shake hands and exchange pleasantries, after the umpire gave Cook a couple of dodgy decisions in this match. And a nice touch as India coach Duncan Fletcher, formerly England coach, shakes hands with his former charges.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "There are handshakes, hugs, embraces and slaps on the back all round in the England dressing room who have worked so hard in this series. What odds were there on us witnessing what we are now in the sunshine. It's quite remarkable. They have done it the hard way, through outstanding leadership on the pitch and off the pitch. England have worked so hard for this, and it's lovely to see these scenes. Suddenly it is reality."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been such a tepid game, you forget how hard England have worked, how they were after Ahmedabad when they headed to Mumbai expecting a raging red turner."

  39. 0951: 

    Enormous hugs between all the players and coaching staff in the dressing-room as England celebrate their first Test series win in India since 1984-85.

  40. 0950: 


  41. 0950: 
    Eng 352-4

    It's going to be Gambhir again tossing up some "leg breaks" and (mostly) full tosses. Root cashes in with a single, Gambhir lobs one down the leg side which would have been a wide if Bell had left it, but he pats it for one. Root taps another full toss to long-on for a single. We're a minute away from time, with one ball left, so Dhoni needs a bootlace doing up. We think this may be the last ball... Bell blocks, turns to shake hands with Dhoni, and that's it - the draw is agreed, and England win the series!

  42. 0947: 

    The end is nigh. Dhoni has one glove off, is he going to have a bowl? There's a bit of discussion with the umpires between overs, there may be just time for one more over if everyone's going to agree to England declaring at 0950 and a draw...


    Nick Plummer on Twitter: "Is Tredwell bringing India's towel for them?"

  44. 0945: 
    Eng 349-4

    Aggers replaces Prakash on TMS as the game moves into its dying minutes - he thinks stumps will have been pulled by the time R4 LW listeners return from the Daily Service. While there's a non-bowler on at the other end, it's still going to be Ashwin from this end, and having reached his hundred, he blasts a couple of fours - one through the covers, one past mid-off and the fielders rather give up on it. This is easy pickings for Bell, he flicks another four past leg slip and that takes him to 115.

  45. 0940: 
    Eng 337-4

    Gambhir, who's described as a leg-spinner, bowls quite close to the stumps, and his over yields a single to Bell - Vic has noticed that if Root can get to 27 not out by the close, he'll have a Test average of 100. He currently has 18.

  46. 0937: 

    With a potential 13 minutes of play left, we get... an unofficial drinks break with James Tredwell running on with some liquids and a towel. And Gautam Gambhir, who has never bowled in Test cricket, is going to have a trundle - even Vic now admits "the game is up".

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "What a superlative performance. These really are the last rites now."


    Toby Weiniger on Twitter: "Why isn't Finn in the T20 squad?"

    He's at home resting an injury, but hopes to be fit to play in the ODIs in January.

  49. 0935: 
    BELL 100- Eng 336-4

    Having nearly run himself out for 97 a couple of overs ago, Bell looks a little anxious on 99 but eventually pushes a three off his legs, removing his cap to salute his 17th Test century from 293 balls, his first of 2012, his first in India... and his slowest by some distance.


    Rochak Kanwar on Twitter: "Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar and Dhoni's time has come. Its all over, a great team is coming to its end."

  51. 0932: 
    Eng 333-4

    Bell guides a less risky single to mid-wicket, he's up to 99. Root runs a two down to third man, putting England on triple-Nelson. The lead no longer matters - they're 337 ahead. We should have 18 minutes of play left if England declare as we think they will.


    C Dodson Thatcher on Twitter: "I went to school with Charlotte Edwards [see 0907]. Remember going round her house for her 5th birthday party!"

  53. 0929: 
    Eng 330-4

    Bell moves to 97 as he pushes Ashwin for two, then there's a brief scare when he pushes a quick single to square leg and he'd have been run out if the throw had hit... shades of Dhoni last night! Root reverse-sweeps for four, but Bell will be on strike now, on 98.


    The Daily Telegraph's Nick Hoult on Twitter: "In the old days we would have had a comedy bowler on now and the fielder at gully reading the paper. No fun anymore."

    I recall Dhoni taking his pads off to bowl the last over before a draw was agreed against England in Mohali in 2008. So he's got form...

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Cheteshwar Pujara will go straight back into first-class cricket after this game and will relish it, the rest will be playing limited-overs cricket."

  56. 0925: 
    Eng 323-4

    Bell drives for three against Jadeja. Up to 95, easily his best Test score of 2012.


    Hashai Desai on Twitter: "Feel bad for Dhoni. He scored a match-saving 99 but will still get crucified because the rest of the team didn't perform."

  58. 0922: 
    Eng 320-4

    A Root single brings Bell on strike, the Warwickshire man guides a scampered two down to fine leg, and a tip-and-run single takes his score to 92.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Why would Dhoni set three close catchers now, when he only had one this morning? Ridiculous captaincy."


    From Robert in Shanghai, TMS inbox: "Champagne moment: Panesar being selected for the second Test and taking 5-129 in the first innings having been left out of the first Test in Ahmedabad."

  61. 0919: 
    Eng 316-4

    Bell is watchful against Jadeja, playing out a maiden and he's still stuck on 89. "He's prepared to be patient here," affirms Simon Mann on TMS - but if he's only going to score one run an over, he could be left high and dry...

    And if you're heading away from your radio or computer, don't forget the new BBC iPlayer Radio app which will allow you to take TMS with you wherever you go.

  62. 0916: 
    Eng 316-4

    Bell is chipping away with singles here, a single takes him to 89. Meanwhile, on the England balcony, I notice Graeme Swann's right shin is heavily strapped, but he's still wearing his shorts - rather confident for a man who would be expected to bat if two wickets fell.

  63. 0912: 
    Eng 315-4

    Bell's century chances are not being helped by the fact that Root is having most of the strike here... the blond youngster plays out another maiden from Jadeja. There are technically 25 overs left today, India should have whistled through enough so there will be 15 or fewer left by 0950 GMT, when we expect play to finish.

  64. 0910: 
    Eng 315-4

    Bell and Root add a single apiece against Ashwin. I guess Bell's score is probably the most important statistic at this stage - he has 88, and England will hope he can score 12 runs in the next 40 or so minutes.


    Damien Farnley on Twitter: "Sleep deprivation over until the NZ series. All worth it. Wonderful effort England."

    Ben Smallman on Twitter: "Geoffrey chortling at the notion of a declaration on TMS was almost as priceless as Trott's ton!"

  66. 0907: 
    Eng 313-4

    Root pushes Jadeja for two to reach double figures, and the lead - such that it matters any more - is 317.

    And you never fail to learn stuff on Twitter - England batter Heather Knight has just loyally wished her skipper Charlotte Edwards a happy birthday. Many happy returns to the England captain, who'll be leading her side to India next month to defend their Women's World Cup title.

  67. 0905: 
    Eng 311-4

    Dhoni has posted three close catchers for Ashwin - he's about a day too late for that - they are a slip, leg slip and a helmeted silly point. Root adds a single off the last ball of the over. He may not make a friend in Bell if he does that every over for the next 45 minutes...


    From Stu in Dubai, TMS inbox: "Champagne moment - The Trott Shot! Quality entertainment. Was on YouTube almost immediately and even the India players were smiling!"

  69. 0902: 
    Eng 310-4

    Bell will know a century is here for the taking here, and digs himself back in by playing out a maiden against Jadeja.

  70. 0859: 

    Players have emerged for what we expect to be the final 50 minutes of play before England fly off into the sunset. Except Tendulkar, who left the field after the first hour of today's play, with what we've been told is a shoulder injury. Unless he's got writer's cramp drafting his resignation speech?

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "You look at Ian Bell bat sometimes and think he's like a right-handed David Gower, he's got all the shots. But you worry about what he's got between the ears. I think he's averaged 27 in Test cricket this year [32.15 at this instant], after averaging over 100 in 2011 [it was 118.75], and played some awful shots."


    Andy Bantick on Twitter: "The champagne moment HAS to be Cook running out Dhoni on 99!"

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "India thought this would be the revenge series after we beat them 4-0 in England, and you'd have been a really clever man or woman to put your money on England after Ahmedabad."


    A final round-up of doctors, as you start to send your champagne moments:

    Philip Sparrow on Twitter: "Pitch has been bone dry from the start; clearly cut by the good Dr Ainage."

    Marc Sepetowski on Twitter: "Dr Oss has appeared far too frequently for the Indian bowlers in this series."

    David Thomson on Twitter: "Dr Iftingaway has captained India in this Test."

  75. 0850: 

    A note for even the most pessimistic of England fans (and I know you're out there, as I've met a couple of you) - even if England declared now (which they won't), India would be chasing 315 to win from 30 overs, and I'd challenge any combination of Don Bradman, Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards, Brian Lara and Chris Gayle to score 10 and a half runs an over on this dead pitch (with no restrictions on boundary fielders). Ain't gonna happen. So, get the champagne ready for a series victory in about an hour's time.


    Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "England have been fitter, tougher, hungrier and wanted it just that little bit more than the Indian team... And been simply better..."

  77. 0847: 

    So, what would your champagne moments of the series be? Cook passing Geoffrey's centuries record? That magic ball Monty bowled to Sachin at Mumbai which pitched leg and hit the top of off? Or one of the many dramatic game-changing run-outs in this series? Tweet, email and text us with your thoughts.

  78. 0844: 

    TMS are playing a highlights montage of the series, to the tune of "Mad World" (the Michael Andrews and Gary Jules slow version, as opposed to the Tears for Fears original), played on piano. Sounds lovely.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "We think there's going to be another 50 minutes of play - tea will end at 0900 GMT and we think England could declare at 0950 to end the game [with 10 minutes for change of innings]. And if they don't declare, the game will end 10 minutes later anyway."

  80. 0840: 
    TEA INTERVAL- Eng 310-4

    Root plays out an Ashwin maiden and walks off for tea unbeaten on seven. Bell has 87, England lead by 314 and that's tea.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "If Henry Blofeld was commentating, it could be anyone. It could be Attila the Hun!"

  82. 0837: 
    Eng 310-4

    Bell defends another maiden from Jadeja, in contrast to Root's aggression at the other end. Time for one more over before tea. And Aggers is really torturing Vic on TMS over the Sandip Patil question...


    The doctors are flooding in...

    Ramesh Bala on Twitter: "India need Dr Asticchanges if they want to move forward."

    Tom Woodwark on Twitter: "Dr Aggedoutlastday."

    Alex Johnson on Twitter: "Dr Iveforfour has been seen much in this Test."

  84. 0835: 
    Eng 310-4

    Astonishing shot from the debutant Root. he's only just arrived at the crease but he hoicks Ashwin over mid-wicket for six! This must be painful for India's loyal fans.


    From Joe Robinson, TMS inbox: "Dr Ama has played his part, but unfortunately he couldn't make it for this fifth day."

    From Danny Williams in Bath, TMS inbox: "During this series, Dr Y Conditions has been ever-present, joined in this match by his colleague Eadful Pitch."

  86. 0832: 
    Eng 304-4

    Bell plays out a maiden from Jadeja, looks like he's shutting up shop for the tea interval.


    Some more cricketing "doctors" from you on Twitter...

    Jordan Harris on Twitter: "Think most of the Indian side will be paying a visit to Dr Ownyoursorrows tonight!"

    Stuart Smith on Twitter: "How about Dr Eadfulcaptaincy who has appeared frequently for India in the series?"

    Gareth Evans on Twitter: "Dr Ab has been in attendance for most of this Test. Dr Aw was always likely to be in favour at the close."

  88. 0829: 
    Eng 304-4

    Joe Root is the new batsman, he's not bothering with a helmet from the start so we have two England batsmen in caps against the spinners. The Yorkshire rookie is off the mark with a quick single into the covers, Bell moves to 87 with a single, can he reach three figures in the 10 minutes or so before tea?

  89. 0825: 
    WICKET- Trott c Kohli b Ashwin 143 (Eng 302-4)

    A change of bowling as Ashwin returns to the attack, and Trott's 310-ball innings - and a 208-run stand - is ended as he nudges a catch straight to leg slip.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Panesar's like a bowling machine - I call him Mr Duracell as he always keeps bowling longer than anyone else, and can tie up one end. India never got to him."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "Answer... Sandip Patil. (Blowers had him bowling at Ahmedabad rather than Samit Patel... much to Rahul's surprise)."

  92. 0823: 
    Eng 302-3

    Single from Trott, then Bell is moving up through the gears as he hammers Jadeja through long-on for for, to move to 86. "I don't think Cook will declare when he's on 98, as Atherton did to Hick," notes Vic Marks. England are past 300, and the TMS crew think England won't declare as there's no point in needlessly tiring their bowlers.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "So....who flew 500 miles after being called up on the morning of a Test... and arrived to find he was next in? Clue: featured in this series."

    This was the question Giles Clarke posed Aggers at lunch...


    Sipech on Twitter: "I predict England will declare when Bell gets his century or loses his wicket, whichever occurs first."

    Oli Denne on Twitter: "Ian Bell's contribution is great to see because it means that just about everyone has pulled their weight at some point."

  95. 0818: 
    Eng 297-3

    So, after Inksbreak, Avid, Oppedcatch and S Review, can anyone think of any other doctors who've featured in this match? Chawla sends down another over to Trott, who guides a three through mid-wicket. He has 142, and has earned a change of gloves between overs. Bell has 82, and England's lead is now a mammoth 301.


    From Robert Sleight, TMS inbox, re: Dr Inksbreak [0803]: "... although DR S Review has not featured."

    From Howard Bates, TMS inbox, re: Finn [0732]: "Surely fast bowlers aren't so wimpy that they use electric blankets. I'd have thought they slept outside. Uncovered of course, like the pitches of old."

  97. 0813: 
    Eng 294-3

    Bell goes aerial against Jadeja, launching a huge six over the bowler's head to bring up the 200 partnership in style... even the fan standing next to the sightscreen drops the catch, so there's a delay as they try to retrieve the ball from under a stand. "Let's have a timeless Test here!" enthuses Boycs on TMS.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "India need some younger kids to throw themselves around in the field to get used to the situation, as they've a World Cup to defend in just over two years' time. You can't have camels, lamp-posts or statues in the side. And with the Test side, you can't keep going back to Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan, I think their time has passed."


    Andy Baron on Twitter: "'I'd like a bat on this' will be etched onto Geoff Boycott's headstone."

  100. 0808: 
    Eng 288-3

    Chawla begins his 25th over - still wicketless after that Sehwag drop - as Bell helps himself to a single to short fine leg. Bowler and batsman both smile, they know the game is up here. We still have about half-an-hour before tea (due at 0840 GMT), then if England are still batting 50 minutes after tea, they can declare to close the deal.


    Graham Beer on Twitter: "I have a feeling the good doctor will make one more appearance - tonight - after close of play - Different drinks, longer break."

    Remember Aggers' prophetic commentary before the last ball of the 2010-11 Ashes? "Tremlett to bowl - Beer waits for him..."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I like Dhoni as a person, but as a captain he just lets games drift. He could have had men round the bat yesterday."

  103. 0804: 
    Eng 287-3

    New bowler, same action as Jadeja replaces fellow leftie Ojha. The remaining Barmy Army fans look demob-happy as they prepare to return to civilian life, applauding a Trott boundary with gusto.


    Ralph Brooker on Twitter: "Other doctors than Inksbreak have been on duty in this game: Avid and Oppedcatch have had blinders."

    Ralph, that may just be my favourite tweet of the series.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's like in club cricket, when players get old and can't catch, they get to stand there at slip all day."

  106. 0800: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 283-3

    Bell gets an edge to Chawla... and Virender Sehwag drops another catch - TMS think it's his fourth of the game. It was quick, but went straight to him at chest-height. Rather sums up India's fielding, which apart from honourable exceptions like Virat Kohli, has been pretty sub-standard all series. Maiden over - Bell has 75, Trott 135, the stand is worth 189 and England lead by 287.

  107. 0757: 
    Eng 283-3

    Trott finds the boundary for the 17th time with a whipped on-drive against Ojha, he won't need to run for that one. He has 135, and must be just loving the chance to bat on a pitch like this, in this match situation, where he can just bat for ever.

    Alistair Bruce-Ball, BBC Radio 5 live in Nagpur

    On Twitter: "Trying to find different ways on BBC Radio 5 live this morning to say England nearing historic series win and Trott & Bell making runs."


    Ed Salinger on Twitter: "People complaining about the pitch, but if India had won the toss this final day would have been compelling."

    William Milroy ‏on Twitter: "C'mon Captain Cook, let Bell get his century then give Monty and the Burnley Express 30 overs to attack them."

  110. 0753: 
    Eng 279-3

    It's all smiles on the England balcony, and an ever-enthusiastic Geoff Boycott comments "I'd like a bat on this". Trott adds a single, and Chawla finds some turn again, with one that bounces and nearly knocks Dhoni over.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "My first flight back is with you tomorrow, Geoffrey. I'll be at the back in row 73, listening to you chuntering on about uncovered pitches from business class."


    From Neil from Chester, via text on 81111: "So the Indian press are deeply analysing why India have lost this series. You can talk of inconsistent umpiring decisions, lack of DRS, over-manipulation of pitches, the failing Tendulkar. They are all insignificant but England are just far better collectively with bat, ball and in the field. This was also the reason we won the Ashes."

  113. 0749: 
    Eng 278-3

    A seven-minute break is ended, Dr Inksbreak bowls some left-arm spin, he (OK, it's Ojha) gets one to turn and bounce but Bell adds a single to move to 75 while Trott whacks a three down to cow corner. And I think that may be the last we see of the good doctor in this series, as the draw is likely to be agreed with an hour remaining.


    Tattz ‏on Twitter: "Bell playing himself into form. I wouldn't drop him. It's not like we have a lot of spin ahead of us with New Zealand next!"

    Simon Barberton ‏on Twitter: "The best thing to happen to England was Broad getting injured. Overrated."

  115. 0745: 

    The drinks break is reluctantly ended with the umpires in position and the fielders and batsmen walking back to the middle rather slowly.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "This must be horrible for the Indian bowlers and fielders. Another two hours of cricket without any hope."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The Indians are sitting on the ground, even the umpires are taking a long time over this drinks break. And I think that we can announce that England have won the series, there's no coming back from this."


    From David Farms in Bishop Auckland, via text on 81111: "It's a great pity that Jimmy Anderson is going to be denied the opportunity to capture Sachin Tendulkar's wicket for an unbeatable 10th time."

  119. 0742: 

    A quick calculation during the drinks break - if England were to declare now (which they won't), India would be chasing 279 from a minimum of 42 overs - 6.64 runs per over. Ain't gonna happen. The series is England's.


    From Brian James, TMS inbox: "Trotty should declare his innings. That would achieve two very worthwhile ends - it would allow young Root to get some more experience, and boy would it annoy the Indians."

  121. 0739: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 274-3

    Finally there are signs of life in the pitch as Chawla spins one past Trott's outside edge, Dhoni takes the bails off and there's an appeal for a stumping - more in hope than expectation, as Trott's back foot was firmly grounded well behind the line. Maiden over, time for drinks. And the only worry for England is that the maverick wicket-taker Dr Inksbreak may be getting a bowl in the next few minutes. England lead by 278.


    From Ashley from London, via text on 81111: "Is this the worst Test pitch in memory? I mean worst as in disappointing - all set up for a cracking end to the series and we get a slow lifeless piece of grass."

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "Gautam Gambhir used to bowl a little bit of leg-spin - I gave him an over once in a one-day international, when I was captain, but it went for about 14 so I didn't try that again."

  124. 0736: 
    Eng 274-3

    Ojha bowls a maiden to Bell, while Aggers wonders if Sehwag may have a bit of a trundle later, "to keep him awake, as he looks like a man with a Walkman on."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The T20 internationals are on BBC 5 live sports extra, and you'll love this - we're on air at 2.15. And that's p.m."


    Injured fast bowler Steven Finn at home in England on Twitter: "Come on lads, keep grinding it out. On the brink of history. I'll celebrate by putting electric blanket on. #cold."

  127. 0732: 
    Eng 274-3

    Monty's amusement is because the local TV pictures have dug out his famous catch against Dhoni off Shaun Udal's bowling in the "Ring of Fire" Test in Mumbai in 2006 - when he shelled one in the deep, only to catch one when Dhoni then tried an identical slog three balls later. "Look at his face, just look as his face," as Barry Davies may have commentated. Back on the field, Trott square-drives Chawla for four to move to 127. England are on cruise control.

  128. 0727: 
    Eng 270-3

    Ojha begins his 37th over, Trott flicks it through mid-wicket and the pursuing Ashwin just stops the ball before the rope as the Bears pair run three. And here's a sign of England's relaxed demeanour, and also a collector's item - Ian Bell is batting in a cap. I can honestly say I've never seen him forsake a batting helmet before now. Chapeau, Ian. The newly-capped Bell sees off the over, as the grinning Monty Panesar exchanges a high-five with spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed in the England viewing area. Chapeau, Monty.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "We had some good crowds for this series, especially at weekends, which is good to see. Ticket prices have been relatively affordable, and they've ferried in a lot of schoolchildren for this game in Nagpur. As a fan of Test cricket, it's good to see."


    Matthew Grange on Twitter: "A solid performance by the whole team. However, the India team is very weak. I hope this victory doesn't paper over the cracks!"

    Michael Nunns ‏on Twitter: "Brilliant England, expected a kicking in this series. Proud to have been totally wrong, and to have seen nearly all of it too!"

  131. 0722: 
    Eng 267-3

    Bell pushes Ojha for two before launching another powerful cover drive - which is stopped by the diving Virat Kohli at short extra. The game may have gone, but he's not giving an inch - Kohli's probably the best fielder in this India side.


    From Chris in Glasgow, via text on 81111: "May be a bit naive - as a Scot watching cricket - but wouldn't it be good if England declared and made it a bit of a game? This type of scenario is why Test cricket is becoming unpopular."


    BBC Sport's Alistair Watkins: "Sri Lanka are 65-2 chasing an unlikely 393 to win the first Test against Australia at the close of the fourth day in Hobart. Kumar Sangakkara was not out 18 and captain Mahela Jayawardene five not out after negotiating a difficult final session. Australia declared their second innings on 278-9 with skipper Michael Clarke retired hurt on 57 because of a hamstring injury."

  134. 0719: 
    Eng 265-3

    There's still plenty of cheering from the Indian fans, and there are still plenty of runs on offer for Trott and Bell. Two singles mean the Warwickshire axis has now added 171. Well done the Bears pair. Which reminds me - I was out in India as a fan for the Mumbai and Kolkata Tests, and on one coach journey noticed a sign for a liquor store advertising that "wine and bears" were on sale.


    From Graham in Hong Kong, TMS inbox: "A reply to Felix in Guangzhou [0651], I used to teach English at Tsinghua University in Beijing and remember doing a double take when I saw a group of people playing cricket on one of the campus pitches - so some people do play, even if it's a minority! If T20 cricket is introduced into the Olympics, I'm sure you'd see a lot more Chinese cricketers!"

  136. 0715: 
    Eng 263-3

    Trott adds another single against the ineffective Chawla, he has 119 and India are rather starting to go through the motions here. England lead by 267.


    From Lee in London, via text on 81111: "Wish the timeless Test idea had caught on. This one would be a cracker."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's commentary on the Big Bash League from Australia tomorrow on BBC 5 live sports extra, with Brisbane Heat against Perth Scorchers from 0830 GMT. Details are at Then, there's the T20s on Thursday and Saturday, the one-day internationals in January and then we've got commentary on all of England's games at the Women's World Cup."

  139. 0710: 
    Eng 262-3

    "I'd have thought Cook will be man of the series from scoring 562 runs, even though he's had a nightmare in this game," notes Vic on TMS. Simon Mann adds: "In his last four innings, he's been run out trying to avoid the ball, stumped, and then sawn off twice by the umpire." Trott adds a single to his score - very sporting of India to play him and Bell back into form.


    From Ben in Italy, TMS inbox: "The commentators on Indian TV have been assessing why India have lost. They put it down to England having better spinners. They also suggest Indian were expecting more issues to arise from the KP affair. They sound despondent, but gracious."

  141. 0707: 
    Eng 261-3

    Bell gives Chawla the treatment, smashing two consecutive boundaries at a couple of ragged deliveries to take his score to 71, and metaphorically driving two more nails into the coffin of India's hopes of saving the series. The tourists lead by 265.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "What was curious that at one stage in Mumbai, they had two seamers in the team and four spare seamers [Finn, Onions, Bresnan and Meaker], but no specialist spinner as cover if Swann or Panesar broke a finger or was sick on the morning of the Test. I don't count Patel there. That's why they sent for Tredwell."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Giles Clarke said at lunchtime that they put this series up with the Ashes in terms of preparation - but they still played three seamers in Ahmedabad. There are pitches around the country, maybe in Mohali or Bangalore, that suit the seamers - you do need seamers in India, but you don't need so many, and you normally need two spinners."


    From Jeff Stacey in Darlington, via text on 81111: "Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman of his generation, but the time has come for him to gracefully retire before the general public and Indian cricket fans turn on him and he tarnishes his reputation and legacy."

  145. 0703: 
    Eng 253-3

    It's Simon Mann - rather than his alter ego "Jonathan Mann" (or even "Simon Agnew") replacing Prakash on TMS as Trott is happy to play out a maiden over from Ojha.


    Callum Honisett ‏on Twitter: "Bit harsh from Nick [0644]. Finn is excellent, well worth a place in NZ. Tremlett was sensational in the Ashes. Onions worth a shout."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Once India saw the pitch in Mumbai and won the toss, they'd have been rubbing their hands as they thought they knew how to beat England, but Cook and Pietersen - and Monty - would have surprised them."

  148. 0701: 
    Eng 253-3

    There are some England fans in the crowd wearing Santa hats, the party will be beginning soon as Bell and Trott add two more singles against Chawla to stretch the lead to 257. With 54 overs left in the day (take off two for change of innings makes it 52), even if England did declare now (which they won't), India would need to score at five an over to win, which would be unfathomable on this pitch. And a long series of hard work TMS seems to be getting to Prakash, as he says he will be replaced on commentary by "Jonathan Mann"...


    Opta Jim on Twitter: "MS Dhoni needs one dismissal to go clear of Syed Kirmani as the wicketkeeper with most dismissals in Tests played in India."

    Don't put your house on him doing it in this Test.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "Interesting that DRS discussions at ICC not now 'all or nothing'. Opportunity to stop at point of impact. More likely to win Indian approval."

  151. 0655: 
    Eng 251-3

    Trott keeps plugging away with a single against Ojha, Bell finally manages his first run since lunch. And the longer this stand goes on without a wicket, so India's hopes of saving the series are expiring.


    Rachel T ‏on Twitter: "England have sewn up a sensational series win, while introducing exciting new players. Best Christmas present ever."

    Deepti Narayan ‏on Twitter: "Now that England have shown they can play (and win) on proper turners, I wonder if we'll actually see one during the Ashes?"

  153. 0651: 
    Eng 249-3

    Trott plunders another single against Chawla, who now has 0-42 from 16 wicketless overs. Trott has 115, Bell has 61.


    From Felix in China, TMS inbox: "Following the cricket from Guangzhou, China. With the successful British introduction of golf to the country, I do rather wish we had taught the Chinese cricket. I wonder if it would ever catch on here?"

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "With a couple of exceptions, I can't see too many of this India XI touring England when they visit for five Tests in 2014. Come to think of it, I don't see to many of them touring South Africa in 2013-14. Pujara and Kohli should become the heart of the middle order, but I think the opening slots are up for grabs. I suspect Kohli may be the man leading India in the foreseeable future."

  156. 0648: 
    Eng 248-3

    Compton and Panesar are sharing a joke in the dressing-room as India shuffle their spinners, with Pragyan Ojha's slow left-arm replacing Ravichandran Ashwin's off-spin in the attack. Trott adds a single, England lead by 252.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "England's captains who have won Test series in India have either been left-handed or had a Scottish connection - Douglas Jardine, Tony Greig, David Gower and now Alastair Cook."


    From Nick in Solihull, via text on 81111: "England only have one seamer worth his place. In India, Swann and Monty can cover for the ineffective Bresnan but not in NZ. Who else is there?"

  159. 0644: 
    Eng 247-3

    Rumours reach TMS that Tendulkar is nursing a shoulder injury, which is why he's not on the field. Piyush Chawla gets England going by tossing up the first ball after lunch, Jonathan Trott gets down on one knee and whacks a full toss through mid-wicket for four to being up. A three to the same region lifts the Warwickshire man's score to 113 - his highest Test score of 2012.

  160. 0640: 

    Players out and ready to resume. Barring accidents, we have about three hours of play left in this series before a draw can be agreed. England lead by 244.


    From Tim in Marlow, via text on 81111: "I know one person who'll be hoping Sachin doesn't retire - Jimmy Anderson."

  162. 0638: 

    Here's the TMS journalist panel's views on Sachin:

    John Etheridge on TMS: "My best guess, based on a couple of whispers I've heard from a couple of 'insiders', is that Tendulkar won't retire yet, he'll play in the Tests against Australia."

    Derek Pringle on TMS: "Given that he was recently given an award by the Australian PM Julia Gillard and he's got a good record against Australia, I think he wants one more challenge."


    From Andy in Sydney, TMS inbox: "Delighted to see England putting the draw beyond doubt and sealing a famous series win. I've been watching the entire series live in Australia and my wife is on the verge of smashing a hole in the TV if she has to 'endure any more boring cricket'. Good thing she's not coming to the Dunedin Test in March with me, then!"


    Amit Dutta ‏on Twitter: "Well done England, what a solid performance in the series. You have shown you were better, stronger, hungrier and sharper with a strategy."

  165. 0633: 

    Some more cricket news from down under: Australia's women have made sure of retaining the Rose Bowl series against their New Zealand counterparts, by winning their third ODI by nine wickets at the North Sydney Oval to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. The Southern Stars were indebted to opener Meg Lanning, who reached her century from 45 balls and eventually fell for 103.


    The Sun's John Etheridge on TMS: "Pietersen and some of the other players were never going to be the closest bosom buddies, but I think they've come to terms with accepting him. Hopefully they can get along together for the next two Ashes series at least."


    Former England all-rounder Derek Pringle on TMS: "I think the series changed when Sehwag smashed England around in Ahmedabad and Cook realised he didn't have any control except when Swann was bowling, so they brought in Panesar and won the last two Tests."

  168. 0627: 

    With Giles Clarke having departed after posing that question, Aggers is now holding one of his journalist panels with the Sun's John Etheridge and the Telegraph's Derek Pringle.


    Chris Carver on Twitter: "Has anyone called for Matt Prior to be cricketer of the year? Best wicketkeeper/batsman in the world and very consistent!"


    ECB chairman Giles Clarke on TMS: "Here's a question for you, Aggers - which player was selected for a Test at seven o'clock in the morning, had to catch a plane from a different city 500 miles away, and by the time he arrived he was nect man in?"

    Over to you lot... send your emails to if you can help Aggers with the answer.


    Freddie Mickshik on Twitter: "Hoping for a bold declaration, some away swing in a manger for Jimmy and Eng to go home kings of the orient."


    ECB chairman Giles Clarke on TMS: "The brief from the board to Hugh Morris was that this tour was to be taken as seriously as an Ashes tour. No corners were to be cut. And we're already planning for the next two [50-over] World Cups - the next one in 2015 [in Australia and New Zealand], and the one we're hosting in 2019. We must do something that showcases our country to the world, both on and off the pitch. The way the country responded to the Olympics shows there should be a good response to hosting a Cricket World Cup."


    Si Lomas on Twitter: "The transformation of Marlon Samuels from a guy who wasted obvious talent to West Indies run machine must give him a shout, surely?"


    ECB chairman Giles Clarke on TMS: "Andrew Strauss left very big boots to fill, but it looks like Alastair Cook's got the right-sized feet. One only has the greatest admiration for what he's achieved with the bat, and as captain."


    Ben Sawyer ‏on Twitter: "I vote Jimmy Anderson for cricketer of the year. Alastair Cook aside, batting has been mixed at best. Jimmy's got big wickets at big moments."


    ECB chairman Giles Clarke on TMS: "The players have shown considerable character in coming back after Ahmedabad, and I give great credit to the coaching staff for that. KP has had an outstanding tour, I agree with Ravi Shastri that his knock at Mumbai changed the entire series."

  177. 0604: 

    After TMS check in with Jim Maxwell for the latest from Hobart, where Sri Lanka are 47-2 chasing an unlikely 393 to win the first Test against Australia (Karunaratne having just been bowled by Mitchell Starc), Aggers will be chatting to England & Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke on TMS. Have a listen while the players take lunch.


    From Nigel Evans, TMS inbox: "After England's inept display against slow bowling in the UAE and their performance in the first Test, this has been a great turnaround. This is a very good England side - they learn from their mistakes and have the depth of talent and application to rectify weaknesses."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think I can say that England are safe, without causing you any worries at home."

  180. 0601: 
    LUNCH INTERVAL- Eng 240-3

    Probably time for a couple more overs of spin before lunch - Bell, on 59, now has his highest Test score in India, where he has played eight Tests and batted 16 times, averaging 22.69. There's a hold-up mid-over as Dhoni summons a fielding helmet for a bat-pad fielder... which wastes enough time to ensure that this will be the last over before lunch. Bell nudges a gentle two off his legs - he has 61, Trott has 106, England lead by 244 and that's lunch after what Vic calls a "tension-free session" in which they have added 79.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is going to be 2-1 to England, they're not going to declare before tea."


    Mayank Agarwal ‏on Twitter: "Indian Express thinks Dhoni's 99 silenced critics! What about his spineless captaincy?"

    Vivek K Singh on Twitter: "Not sure if Sachin should announce retirement after this Test but Dhoni should resign from captaincy and Fletcher must go."

  183. 0555: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 238-3

    Trott, on 106, is closing on his highest Test score of the calendar year - the 112 he managed against Sri Lanka in Galle. Chawla still isn't getting much turn (if any), there's a big appeal as Trott is hit on the op of his back pad, that looked pretty straight... but umpire Tucker shakes his head. May have been close, but with no ball-tracker or DRS, the umpire's word is final. Doesn't stop Dhoni and a couple of fielders questioning Tucker at the end of the over, though.


    From Ali from Abu Dhabi, TMS inbox: "I can understand why England don't want to play for a win, as they have done what they need to do. India, on the other hand, seem to be playing to prevent a 3-1 loss rather than going for a 2-2 draw. Don't think this team believes they can win. They'll probably call it an improved result and a step in the right direction so more of the same can continue for the next series."

  185. 0550: 
    Eng 238-3

    Lunch is starting to loom as India continue with their fruitless attempts to break the Trott-Bell stand, while Prakash on TMS has noticed there are now two substitute fielders on the pitch. Three singles are added, and Trott is in his element as he rakes his crease for the umpteenth time.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think if Sachin's to continue, he should play the ODIs against Pakistan, all five ODIs against England in January, and plenty of domestic Ranji Trophy cricket if he wants to play those Tests against Australia. When you lose form, it doesn't get any easier. Then, if he does all that and still doesn't get any runs against the Aussies, someone has to have a word with him."


    Former England all-rounder Derek Pringle, now of the Daily Telegraph, on Twitter: "Sachin still off field - is he poorly or preparing retirement statement?"

  188. 0546: 
    Eng 235-3

    Chawla, who's bowled 12 wicketless overs for 34 and has been India's most expensive bowler in terms of economy rate, manages to bowl a maiden over to Bell.


    From Ian Barnes in New Zealand, TMS inbox: "Cricketer of the year: Tino Best. Brilliant innings, falling only just short of his maiden Test ton and breaking the record for a number 11. His celebrations made us all smile."

    I was at Edgbaston for that game - Best's innings was certainly one of the champagne moments of the year.

  190. 0542: 
    Eng 235-3

    "Bring our Indian man on, just when they're in trouble!" is Geoff Boycott's cheeky reaction as Simon Mann gives way to Prakash Wakankar on TMS. "It's over," is Prakash's verdict, he's noticed that Tendulkar has been off the field since the drinks break, and Geoffrey - who's on good form this morning - thinks the "Little Master" may have gone for a net. Trott and Bell add a single apiece.


    Haydn Green on Twitter: "Chris Gayle for cricketer of the year, for making history with first-ball six against Bangladesh."

    Joe Warren on Twitter: "India should be fined for producing a pitch like this - no spin and no seam."

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Trott's got into the 90s eight times in Test cricket, and reached his century each time."

  193. 0539: 
    TROTT 100- Eng 233-3

    "If Chawla played in a benefit match, I'd be whopping him," chuckles Geoff Boycott on TMS as Trott helps himself to a four through the covers from a loose delivery outside off stump, then a firm on-driven four beats the fielder's dive and that's Trott's eighth Test century - his first against India. For a man who doesn't show much emotion on the cricket field, he looks absolutely delighted, swinging in his bat in delight and removing his helmet. "I saw Ashwin clapping there, which was nice," notes Geoffrey. "Very sporting." A single brings Bell on strike, then Bell adds to Dhoni's misery by chopping a four low between the keeper's legs.


    From Tim Butcher in Cape Town, TMS inbox: "Re: Rich [0502] Congratulations to you and your wife. The arrival of my first born in late August 2005 won us the Ashes, the decisive new factor that ended 20 years of pain. He cheered KP home at The Oval in his first babygrow and we called him Kit, as in kitbag. Every cricket team should have one."

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Trott is catching up with Vijay Manjrekar, who holds the record for the most Test runs without ever hitting a six. But he won't pass him today."

  196. 0535: 
    Eng 220-3

    With about half-an-hour until lunch, Dhoni gets one of his fielders to retie his bootlaces before Ashwin begins a new over to Bell, who carefully defends a maiden over. The Trott-Bell stand is worth 126 - the only way is Warwickshire, perhaps?


    Simon Brewer on Twitter: "Trott really deserves a century. Model of calmness despite the unfounded grief he got yesterday. Great start on the final day."

    Daniel ‏on Twitter: "Dhoni is a terrible, terrible captain. Where's the pressure on England?"

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "If I were Dhoni, I'd be much more irate about the preparation of this pitch than I would be about Trott hitting that four."

  199. 0530: 
    Eng 220-3

    Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla is the last of India's four spinners to come on for a twirl today, Bell waits to slap a single to the cover sweeper. England lead by 224 and are on cruise control - Simon Mann on TMS thinks it would make an interesting game if this were a six-day Test...


    Tom Woodhatch on Twitter: "Can Geoff Boycott's grandmother be nominated for a lifetime achievement award?"

    Will Binks on Twitter: "Vernon Philander for breakthrough artist of the year?"

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think the convention when a ball is bowled like the Jadeja ball which Trott hit for four yesterday, is to ignore it and let the umpire call dead ball. But there's nothing in the laws against it. It clearly got under the skin of the Indian players, but on a dull day it was something to talk about."

  202. 0526: 
    BELL FIFTY- Eng 219-3

    Bell reaches his 35th Test fifty from 130 balls with a firm on-driven four - he's the last of the England top eight batsmen playing in this Test to post a fifty (or higher) in this series. A single takes him to 52.


    Si Lomas on Twitter: "I reckon Sachin may have had a word if he is to retire, to allow him the chance to go out to bat again rather than England batting all day?"

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think Trott will get much applause from the Indian fielders if he gets his century."

  205. 0522: 
    Eng 214-3

    India's hopes of avoiding a series defeat look to be swirling away down a Nagpur plughole as Trott carves a four through wide mid-wicket. Ojha's wheeling away without success here, Trott is up to 94 and England lead by 218 with time ticking away.


    From Fran Hayden, via text on 81111: "Re: Rich [0502] My son (now six) was born on St Matthew's Day, but my husband threatened divorce if I gave him the same name as an Australian cricketer!"

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "There's a famous male Shirley in cricket - a chap called Reginald Shirley Brooks wrote the famous obituary of English cricket in 1882."

  208. 0519: 
    Eng 210-3

    Trott nudges Ashwin for a single, while Aggers berates Vic Marks for not knowing that wrestler Big Daddy's real name was Shirley Crabtree. Any English wrestling fans in Nagpur may be making the "ea-sy, ea-sy" clapping motion as the lead stretches to 214. Meanwhile, Aggers thinks any baby born today could be named Ali (after Captain Cook) whether it's a boy or a girl...


    From Wendy in London, via text on 81111: "Cricketer of the year has to come from the number one team in the world, SA. Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn were both breathtaking in England this summer."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "India are definitely drifting now. Sehwag is standing at slip with his hands behind his back."

  211. 0513: 
    Eng 209-3

    Just a slip and a short cover in for Ojha - as Geoffrey has pointed out on TMS, India have no chance at all if they don't take another seven wickets... Bell negotiates a maiden over, and England lead by 213.


    From Stuart Bell in Perth (WA), TMS inbox: "You cannot give cricketer of the year to Michael Clarke because he is widely disliked by the Australian public, and therefore fails as a captain because he fails to bring the nation with him. No-one nicknamed Pup can be taken even remotely seriously. He should be given a treat and sent on his way."

  213. 0510: 
    Eng 209-3

    So then, Dr Inksbreak to bowl (disguised as Ravichandran Ashwin)... Bell nurdles a single to fine leg, and Trott, looking to avoid being dismissed by the doctor for the second time, rakes his crease again before leg-glancing for two to move to 89. He defends the last ball to ensure the doctor fails to add to his tally of wickets at this stage.


    Graham Beer on Twitter: "Is the good doctor warming up and turning his arm over?"

  215. 0507: 

    So, possibly England's most difficult over of the day to negotiate - the post-drinks break over. Don't forget, Dr Inksbreak has already dismissed Jonathan Trott and Matt Prior in England's first innings, and Virat Kohli in India's innings.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Very good first hour, England have taken the sting out of the situation. Tendulkar's just left the field - we should take note of his presence or absence."


    Dean Pepperell ‏on Twitter: "I think Hashim Amla should win cricketer of the year. He piled the runs on which helped SA to number one."

    Stamford Raffles on Twitter: "Cricketer of the year has to be Extras - he always chips in with 20 or 30 and never gets out. Solid performances."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "Nothing that's happened this morning suggests India have any chance in this match. Pitch too slow to effect a collapse."

  219. 0502: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 206-3

    A Bell single means England make it to the drinks break unruffled and leading by 210.

    And our colleagues from BBC Monitoring have noticed how some Indian writers are admiring Jonathan Trott's determination.'s Jamie Alter says "Trott looks like he could check in for bed and breakfast on this wicket. Defends, drives, pushes." Meanwhile, Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle has tweeted: "I think the Trott-Bell partnership has virtually ensured this series for England. Trott looking solid." You can still listen to Harsha's chat with Aggers on the state of Indian cricket (from Saturday) on the TMS podcast page.


    From Rich from Staffs, via text on 81111: "Wife's contractions started this morning - roughly at same time as England boundaries. Feeling positive about things and I have to consider the possibility of an appropriate cricketing name if it's a boy..."

    Best wishes for the birth and the choice of name. And if it's a girl, plenty of top England women cricketers to name her after, unless you honour old "W.G." by calling her Grace...

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "The result may have ended up being the same, but I don't know what India were doing in the first hour yesterday - they could have declared overnight."

  222. 0457: 
    Eng 205-3

    Trott whips a single off his legs as Ashwin, twirling his arms in his run-up as usual, bowls from round the wicket. Bell rotates the strike, and Trott moves to the unlucky-for-Aussies score of 87 with a comfortable two.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a pity we don't have a five-match series here, although four's better than three and three's better than two, which we have against New Zealand at home next year."


    Phil Rose ‏on Twitter: "Sachin was not in the football warm-up today, mind you he's useless. Dhoni runs the show from the back of the diamond."

    A Stearman on Twitter: "Flintoff for cricketer of the year for going into the ring - brave and takes guts."

  225. 0454: 
    Eng 201-3

    Trott continues his sedate progression with a single off his legs. Ojha, the joint leading wicket-taker in this series (jointly with Swann, who also has 20) has 1-48 from 28 overs. Trott has 84, Bell 44, and England lead by 205.


    From Gray in Yeovil, via text on 81111: "Anybody who watched the Indian Premier League would have to vote for Chris Gayle - pure entertainment and sheer class."

    I'm sure one or two of you out there would debate whether the IPL constitutes "proper cricket" - but keep your nominations for ALL forms of cricket coming!

  227. 0451: 
    Eng 200-3

    After a single from Trott, Bell pierces Ashwin's ring of cover fielders for a two which brings up England's 200. A psychological landmark?


    Cricinfo on Twitter: "On this day in 1984, England won the Delhi Test and later the series too. They haven't won in India since. Until today?"

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Dhoni should bat six and Ashwin at seven when they next come to England, as they're going to need to play two or three seamers there."

  230. 0449: 
    Eng 197-3

    To be honest (though when am I ever less than honest with you?), I completely missed the fact that India took the second new ball with the second over of the day, bowled by Sharma, as there wasn't an obvious umpire signal, plus it seems to have done India absolutely no good whatsoever. Trott guides Ojha for a scampered three to leg, he slides up to 82 and England's lead is now a towering 201. On a pitch which has averaged 70-80 runs per session at the most...


    From Tom in Edinburgh, via text on 81111: "My cricketer of the year has to be Rahul Dravid. Every year, whether he's playing or not. A model sportsman and a fantastic addition to TMS."

  232. 0445: 
    Eng 194-3

    Dhoni shuffles his spinners as Jadeja is replaced by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who may be keeping a sly eye on his nemesis Jonathan Trott's backing-up, but bowls one two short which Bell hammers for four past mid-off to bring up the century stand. "You wouldn't get my grandmother out on this, she'd be blocking while my mother would be playing her shots at the other end," harrumphs Geoff Boycott, while bleary-eyed TMS listeners across the UK reach for their Boycott Bingo cards. "You could play a timeless Test on this."


    Ricki Gidoomal ‏on Twitter: "Surely Dr Inksbreak needs to get a look in for cricketer of the year with his multiple game-changing appearances?"

    Philip Sparrow on Twitter: "Peter Trego in with a shout for domestic player of the year - 50 wickets and 600 runs in County Championship Division One."

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "A bit of bad news for Graeme Swann from Hobart, as Rangana Herath's five wickets have taken him above Swann as the leading Test wicket-taker of 2012. Herath also has another Test before the new year."

  235. 0440: 
    Eng 190-3

    Bell nudges Ojha for a single to mid-wicket, while some good fielding by the diving Piyush Chawla at mid-on denies Trott a run. India are rattling through these overs, but England look untroubled so far.


    From Anna, looking after people's poorly pets in Woking, via text on 81111: "I vote for Sir Boycs' Uncle Algy as cricketer of the year."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "If India can't get 10 wickets, they can't even attempt to knock the runs off, so they've got to pressurise England, but they've only got one slip. This is not smart from Dhoni."

  238. 0438: 
    Eng 189-3

    Jadeja bowls an uneventful maiden to Trott. He has 79, his Warwickshire mate Bell has 37, and England lead by 193.


    Adrian Barker on Twitter: "Hashim Amla has been outstanding this year and so have South Africa, beating England and the Aussies."

    Nathan Viva on Twitter: "There is only one contender for cricketer of the year, isn't there? Alastair Cook! Tabloids all about KP, cricket all about AC."

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "There have been more maidens in this Test (113) than boundaries (85 fours and three sixes)."

  241. 0436: 
    Eng 189-3

    "So many dot balls, so many maidens in this Test," notes Simon Mann on TMS, as Bell blocks a couple from Ojha before sweeping a four very fine, just past the keeper.


    From Alex Parker, TMS inbox: "As good as my Aunt Elspeth is with the new ball, my Test cricketer of the year award would have to go to either Graeme Smith or Michael Clarke. I would probably give the edge to Smith, for leading his country to two incredible series wins in England and Australia. Clarke has played some absolutely magnificent stuff, though!"

  243. 0432: 
    Eng 185-3

    Rahul Dravid explains on TMS that his post-retirement challenges have involved having to deal with grocery bills and learning to cook, while Trott gets forward and punches a four back past the bowler to move to 79, before allowing himself a celebratory rake of his crease.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "You normally sense relief from cricketers when they finally retire. The question then is 'what am I going to do with the rest of my life', which is an issue for some sportsmen and women."


    Tom Keil on Twitter: "The cricketer of the year has to be Sarah Taylor, who makes lofting sixes over cover look so easy."

    Jamie Haigh ‏on Twitter: "Cricketer of the year? Monty Panesar. He won this series for us."

  246. 0429: 
    Eng 181-3

    Sharma's first spell of the day has ended as Pragyan Ojha comes on so India have left-arm spin from both ends. He begins with a maiden to Bell, and has 1-39 from 24 overs.


    From Adam Mold, TMS inbox: "Seasons' greetings everyone from a snowy Montreal. Many great performances around the globe this year, but can I throw a name in the hat for next year. Graeme Smith will be a revelation for Surrey and bring the Championship back to The Oval."


    BBC Sport's Alistair Watkins: "News from day four in Hobart where Australia declared on 278-9 declared at tea to set Sri Lanka a massive 393 to win the first Test. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took 5-96 and is now the leading Test wicket-taker this year with 60, one more than Graeme Swann. David Warner (68) and Ed Cowan (56) put on 132 for the first wicket while Michael Clarke retired hurt on 57 because of a hamstring injury."

  249. 0426: 
    Eng 181-3

    Aggers' BBC Sport website column yesterday warned that India can feel the final Test slipping through their fingers, and their hopes are slipping further away with every over as Jadeja bowls his 20th over - a maiden to the watchful Trott.


    From Sammy in Edinburgh, via text on 81111: "Can we vote for Sir Henry Blofeld as cricketer of the year? He might not play much these days but he still enhances my cricket enjoyment immensely, more than most!"

  251. 0423: 
    Eng 181-3

    Rahul Dravid thinks India may fare better against Australia in the spring "as Australia don't have two world-class spinners like England have". Let's not forget the important part that Monty Panesar (when they remembered to pick him) and Graeme Swann have played in this series. Sharma finds Bell's edge, but it doesn't quite carry to Virat Kohli who is the solitary slip, Sharma was bowling a cross-seamer there, a fast bowling tactic when you hold the seam horizontally (rather than vertically) in the hope of generating extra bounce if the ball lands on the seam, while the ball should keep if it doesn't land on the seam. Sharma then bangs one in a little shorter and Bell pulls it for four. The stand is worth 87, and the lead is 185.


    Billy The Pig ‏on Twitter: "England to bat until first afternoon drinks break, then set India 320 to win in one and a half sessions."

  253. 0419: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 177-3

    The crowd roar an lbw appeal as Jadeja hits Trott on the pad, that looked as though it was heading down the leg side. England's number three drills a four back past the non-striker, and Rahul Dravid on TMS notes that "every boundary is a blow to India's hopes - you can see it from their body language." Aggers still has an eye on that 3.20pm local time (0950 GMT) handshake on a draw.


    From Aaron Thornhill, TMS inbox: "Cricketer of the year, for me, has to go to young John Dryden of March, Cambridgeshire. He only moved here in the summer. He scored a brisk 117 on his debut. He's 11."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The camera is very obviously tracking Tendulkar around the field. Do they know something we don't?"

  256. 0416: 
    Eng 173-3

    Sharma strays with another no-ball, before Bell unleashes one of his textbook extra-cover drives against Sharma, it beats the diving fielder at cover and the chasing man from mid-off as it crosses the rope. A pulled single takes Bell's score to 29. Sachin Tendulkar, fielding out in the deep, has "S.T." on the right side of his sunhat, as if any of his team-mates would dare to purloin the Little Master's floppy hat. Trott nicks the strike with a single.


    From Chris in Winchester, via text on 81111: "Captain Cook for my cricketer of the year. Taking on captaincy after an up-and-down year and steering us (yes I'm confident) to a historic series victory in India, posting some huge scores and leading from the front."

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "Somerset was the team I followed as a kid because they had Botham, Richards and Garner, and Sunil Gavaskar played for them too. I remember Peter Roebuck opening the batting. But I'm a Kentish man now, after my season at Kent."

  259. 0410: 
    Eng 166-3

    Jadeja spins down a maiden to Trott. England won't mind that a bit, time is just as important as runs today.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I made my third venture into Nagpur last night, and we got lost again. Victor went back to his room, sat on his bed and fell asleep, then got up and watched an episode of Rumpole on his DVD."

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport in India

    ''As ever Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, painted from head to toe in the colours of the Indian flag, is here to watch. His motivation is always to watch his idol: Tendulkar of course, and that may attract a few others if the day progresses towards an Indian second innings. Sparse crowd right now though."

  262. 0408: 
    Eng 166-3

    Ishant Sharma, India's sole pace bowler, will lumber in from the other end, Trott on-drives and the Warwickshire pair scamper a three, while the sixth ball of the over is a no-ball which stretches England's lead to 170.

    Rahul Dravid, BBC Test Match Special

    "The impression I get from some of the guys in the India team is that there are a few issues simmering with Jonathan Trott from this series, such as that catch he claimed in Ahmedabad."


    Sam Richmond ‏on Twitter: "A two hour stopover in LAX en route to Auckland, looking for a very dull first session to aid the next 12 hours of uncertainty!"

    My sympathies if you're stuck in the notorious LAX transit lounge...

  265. 0402: 
    Eng 162-3

    With a slip, short leg and a Reasonably Short Extra Cover in, Jadeja bowls to Trott, who starts as he means to go on, blocking the first three balls of the day before guiding a single off his legs. Apparently England are flying home tonight.

  266. 0359: 

    Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja will bowl the first over of the day, with Trott on strike.

  267. 0356: 

    As I've just alluded to, Trott is 66 not out, with Ian Bell on 24, and England will resume on 161-3 which is an overall lead of 165. Players just heading out now.

    Meanwhile, over in the first Test in Hobart, Australia are 385 ahead of Sri Lanka but are eight down in their second innings. It may be effectively nine as captain Michael Clarke has retired hurt with a hamstring problem while their only remaining batsman, "Gentle Ben" Hilfenhaus, has just limped out to bat with a side strain which forced him to leave the field while bowling.


    Michelle Garland on Twitter: "When I wake up, I expect to read about the return of the patient Sir Trott's-a-lot."

  269. 0352: 

    An intriguing little sub-plot yesterday was India's irritation with Jonathan Trott, after an incident when Ravindra Jadeja bowled a wild delivery which bounced out towards short leg, and Trott (as is his right under the laws) danced out and hit it for four. Later on, Ravichandran Ashwin warned Trott for backing up too far, while India also though they had him caught behind. But James Anderson, interviewed after play, believes Trott, who is 66 not out, thrives on that pressure.

  270. 0348: 

    Aggers has worked out that if England bat on until an hour and 10 minutes before the close (0950 GMT), they could declare and end the game there and then (as a draw can be agreed once they're into the final hour, with 10 minutes for the change of innings).

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "If you're English, you won't want an exciting morning, you probably want a dull one. And if Tendulkar bats, perhaps England should form a guard of honour for him, to encourage his retirement?"


    Deepti Narayan on Twitter: "Eng's safety zone would be 1330 local time (0800 GMT). And I'm saying 1330 because of the expected intervention of Dr Inksbreak."

  273. 0341: 

    Jonathan Agnew and the team will be on air shortly (from 0345), but in the meantime there's plenty to listen to on the TMS podcast page. As well as Aggers' regular review of the day with Geoff Boycott, there's the "Old Aggers' Almanac" predictions for 2013 from yesterday's lunch interval, and the Rahul Dravid Q&A from yesterday's tea interval.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "Up and at it for the final push. An end of term feeling around the toaster this morning. It all boils down to the first session..."

  275. 0335: 

    It was the star-studded BBC Sports Personality of the Year show last night - so as this is our last day of Test cricket in 2012, I'll be asking a simple question - who's your cricketer of the year? This can be international cricket (men's or women's), domestic cricket, club cricket or even back-garden cricket against your Auntie Elspeth's underarm lobs.

    You can email (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), text 81111 (with "CRICKET" as the first word), or tweet via #bbccricket - all the usual methods.

  276. 0330: 

    Morning, everyone - and well done for getting up for the last day of what's been an enthralling Test series. Can England hold firm to complete a 2-1 (or very optimistically, even a 3-1) series win? Or will India fight back with a Sehwag-inspired final-session-slogathon to level the series? Will this be Sachin Tendulkar's final day of Test cricket? Will there be another DRS-related row? And will the good doctor, Dr Inksbreak, take any more wickets to add to the three he's already bagged in this Test?

    Some of these questions may be answered in the next six or seven hours...

Live Scores - India v England


  • India drew with England
  • India: 326-9 (143.0 overs)
  • England: 330 & 352-4 (154.0 overs)
  • Venue: Nagpur

England 2nd Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 4 352
Cook c Dhoni b Ashwin 13
Compton lbw b Ojha 34
Trott c Kohli b Ashwin 143
Pietersen b Jadeja 6
Bell not out 116
Root not out 20
Extras 6nb 8b 6lb 20

England in India 2012-13

India's Mahendra Dhoni and England's Alastair Cook

Reports and scorecards from England's one-day tour of India, which includes five ODIs.